Arsenal have signed Michal Rosiak up to his first professional contract, after an impressive campaign for the young right-back.
“Signing my first professional contract for Arsenal means everything to me, it’s pretty amazing,” Rosiak said.
“Playing for the club I’ve always loved and watched growing up, hopefully, it will be the first of many contracts. I want to win major trophies with the club.”
Though Rosiak began the season with a couple of games in the u18s’ starting lineup, he then spent a while on the sidelines with an injury, only returning to the side just before the World Cup break.
But the 17-year-old’s comeback was hugely impressive, as he scored seven goals and assisted six in his 14 appearances for the u18s, as well as making a couple of appearances for the u21s.
Though Rosiak can play in midfield, and he has done on a couple of occasions this season, he primarily operates as a right-back. To put up those kinds of numbers for goal contributions from a full-back role certainly catches the eye.
Most notably, four of Rosiak’s goals came in Arsenal’s run to the FA Youth Cup final, and he was one of the stars of that team.
It’s now up to Rosiak to push on. Stepping up to the Arsenal u21s more regularly next season would be a good start, and there should be opportunities to feature in first-team training and maybe even make the bench in the expanded Champions League squads.
Rosiak will qualify for the B list in European competition, so he’ll be free to feature for Arsenal without using up a valuable spot in the main senior squad list.
But taking things step by step, a first start in the Premier League 2 for the u21s should be the next target.
Source: Daily Cannon